Nathan Williams, a senior at Yosemite High School, has been awarded a four year, full-ride scholarship valued at nearly $195,000, to attend Norwich University in the fall.
Williams first became interested in attending Norwich University when, as a junior, Peter Stewart spoke to the members of the California Cadet Corps at Yosemite High.
"He inspired me to look into Norwich," Williams said.
He plans to major in history with the career goal of serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. He became interested in serving in part because of his father's military service. When he joined the Cadet Corps, he decided that being an officer would be his career path.
After learning of the scholarship award, Williams visited the Norwich campus in Vermont. During the visit, he stayed in student dormitories and met with instructors and students. He toured the campus facilities and experienced the atmosphere of the school.
Upon his return to Oakhurst, he spoke about his adventure to the students of Yosemite High's battalion of the California Cadet Corps. Williams has been a member of the Cadet Corps throughout his high school career, rising through the ranks to his current billet of Commandant of Cadets with the rank of Cadet Captain.
"If you want to get motivated to earn good grades, look at what my good grades did for me," Williams told his fellow cadets. "I encourage you to do your best in all subjects, especially mathematics and science. Also, strive to keep yourself as physically fit as possible."
In addition to serving as Commandant of Cadets, Williams has served in many community service projects through the Cadet Corps. As his senior project, he organized and administered a CACC leadership training course during August 2013.
Outside of school, he enjoys mountain climbing, hiking, and running. Williams' calm professional demeanor, superior academics, leadership ability, and obvious physical fitness are an inspiration to all who meet him.
Founded in 1819, Norwich University is the nation's oldest military college. The campus is located in the Green Mountain area of Vermont, a short drive from the state capitol, Montpelier. The school offers a wide variety of majors, and also offers master's degree programs and on-line classes.
California Cadet Corps is the youth program of the California National Guard. Founded in 1911, CACC's goals are to encourage patriotism, physical fitness, academic excellence, and leadership skills. At Yosemite High School, Capt. Ellen Peterson serves as the Commandant of the 66th Battalion.